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Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer compete on Thursday against Marcin Matkowski and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in the Dubai quarter-finals.

Defending Champions Rojer/Tecau Into Dubai SFs

Paes, 44, edges closer to match wins milestone

Defending champions and second seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau booked their spots in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships semi-finals on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Marcin Matkowski and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi. The Dutch-Romanian team has a 16-4 record in finals, including a 5-1 mark in ATP World Tour 500 title matches. Rojer and Tecau will next face third seeds Ivan Dodig and Rajeev Ram, who beat Pune and Sofia titlists Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop 6-3, 7-6(6).

Leander Paes moved to within two match wins of 750 victories on day four, partnering Jamie Cerretani to a 2-6, 6-4, 10/7 result over fourth seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus. They will now prepare to face Damir Dzumhur and Filip Krajinovic in Friday’s semi-finals.

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Did You Know?
If India's Leander Paes wins the Dubai title this week, he will own 55 tour-level trophies with 15 different partners.